The College of Arts and Architecture

Instructional Programs: Graduate Programs

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Graduate Student Policies

Many of the Faculty Senate undergraduate policies also apply to graduate students; however, there is a separate set of policies for graduate students available on the Graduate School website, often linking to the same Faculty Senate or GURU websites. For further information regarding these policies may be found at the Graduate School website. School of Music graduate policies are found in the Graduate Handbook on the Student Handbooks page.

Graduate Advising

Upon entering the School of Music, all students are assigned a program adviser. For master’s degree students, the adviser is responsible for guiding and helping students plan their academic programs. For Ph.D. and D.M.A. students, the assigned adviser is responsible for guiding the student to the comprehensive exam phase of the program.

Advance planning of courses to be taken and the scheduling of these courses is essential. It is recommended that students meet with their advisers at the beginning of their graduate degree programs to determine a plan regarding the completion of program requirements. The check sheets provided for each degree program (available in the Graduate Handbook or from Lisa Stamm) should be used for this purpose.

Please keep in mind that music theory and history review courses do NOT count towards degree requirements. 

Full-time Loads

In order to maintain full-time academic status for graduate students, the following credit load ranges must be observed:

  • 9 or more credits for a full-time graduate student
  • 9-14 credits for those awarded quarter-time assistantship
  • 9-12 credits for those awarded half-time assistantship
  • 6-8 credits for those awarded three-quarter-time assistantship

Graduate Degree Recitals/Projects

Degree recitals and projects are scheduled only with the approval of the student’s major applied instructor. The instructor must also approve the actual program at the time it is submitted for printing. Jury committees for all such projects and recitals will be appointed by the Graduate Committee with possible advisement from the major applied instructor. Jury committee members for Master of Music degree students are assigned by the Graduate Committee at the beginning of each fall semester.

Performance majors are required to arrange for a professional audio recording of the degree recital or final project, and to supply a high-quality compact disc of the recording to Lisa Stamm for the School of Music archives, housed in 102 Music I. This also is required of conducting and composition majors.Conducting and composition majors are also required to supply a similarly high quality copy of recordings of all work conducted or composed for the final degree project. 

Oral Examinations for Master’s Degrees

All candidates for master’s degrees are required to take an oral examination in the major area. This should be scheduled early enough in the final semester to allow time for any retesting that may be necessary. All oral exam committees will have one member NOT from the student’s major area of study.

Evaluation of the oral examination will be reported to the chair of the Graduate Committee as either “pass” or “fail.”  If the oral examination is failed, the student may schedule a repeated attempt, but not before a suitable period of time has elapsed, as determined by the Examination Committee. Failure to pass the oral examination on the third attempt will result in dismissal from the master’s program. Additional guidelines are found in the Graduate Handbook.